Students returning for spring semester at Haskell Indian Nations University received a pleasant campus surprise: the historic Bandstand, which had been closed to the public and awaiting repair since the fall of 2017, is completely repaired and looking wonderful!
The bandstand, built in 1908 to replace an earlier structure that had been destroyed in a storm, had begun to show significant signs of rot and water damage to its columns and handrails. During the repair project, which began in the fall of 2018, workers for BKM Construction replaced the damaged elements, installed a new wood shingle roof and uncovered additional repairs that were needed. Early 20thcentury bare-bulb lighting mounted on the ceiling was replaced with recessed, modern, energy-efficient lighting. With a brand-new paint coating in white, the bandstand will absolutely gleam in the sun if the sun ever comes out this winter.
The Bandstand and 11 other structures on campus are listed as significant structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Haskell Indian Nations University itself is listed as a National Historic Landmark, an honor the school has held since 1966.